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Advocates for Change in the Forest Sector:
Creating a Toolkit for Success

October 18, 19 & 22, 2021 | Virtual Event

Join us for a symposium on race and equality in the forest sector, where we’ll tackle actions a forest sector organization can take to improve diversity within their organization.


From recruitment to retention to employee engagement, we will:

  • Discuss diversity, equity and inclusion in the forest sector
  • Learn new strategies for how to effectively cultivate an organizational culture of diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Come away with a framework to help organizations begin the process of diversifying their workforce
  • Offer opportunities for post-event engagement, discussion and sharing (via an invitation-only, online forum)

Dates and Times

  • Monday, October 18 | 10am-1pm MT
  • Tuesday, October 19 | 10am-1:30pm MT
  • Friday, October 22 | 12pm-1:30pm MT


Event Speakers

Melody Mobley
Forester, teacher & writer
First Black Female Forester | USDA Forest Service

Beattra Wilson
Assistant Director, Cooperative Forestry | USDA Forest Service

Asia Dowtin
Assistant Professor of Urban and Community Forestry, Department of Forestry | Michigan State University

CJ Goulding
Partner | The Avarna Group

Kathy Abusow
President & CEO | Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc.

Craig Blair
Chairman, Board of Managers | Resource Management Service LLC

Dr. Thomas Easley
Founder & CEO | Mind Heart for Diversity Consulting, LLC

Dr. Antomia Farrell
Assistant Dean for Diversity | University of Kentucky
Past President | National Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS)

Dr. Linda Nagel
Professor & Department Head, Warner College of Natural Resources | Colorado State University

Jamie Dahl
Mollie Beattie Visiting Scholar in Forest Policy | Society of American Foresters
Doctoral Candidate, Education and Human Resources Studies, Higher Education Leadership | Colorado State University
Instructor, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, Warner College of Natural Resources | Colorado State University

Heather Berklund
Chief State Forester | Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

How to Participate

Let’s take this next step together so that we leave our industry—and the world we live in—better than we found it.

For more information, to request an invitation or to register, please contact Cristina Pantin ( or Amy Doty (

Many thanks to our symposium sponsors and supporters:

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American Green Consulting Group

Forest Resources Association logo

Forest Resources Association

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Society of American Foresters

Michigan State University Department of Forestry logo

Michigan State University – Department of Forestry